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With all the disappointing stories of Bangalore’s disappearing lakes, Jakkur Lake is a shining example of how urban water can be managed sustainably.

Jakkur Lake sits nestled behind the bustling Hebbal Highway that leads to Devanahalli International Airport. A pristine, quiet spot of nature in the midst of Bangalore, this lake stands testimony to the potential that exists to manage urban water sustainably, and in an integrated manner.

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Toxic foam observed in Bengaluru lakes

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This event in Bangalore brought together children, people, photographers and cartoonists -- all for the love of their lake!
The morning of the Kere Habba on February 21, 2015, saw over 30 volunteers coming in as early as 7 a.m. and setting to work stringing festoons and paper lanterns between trees, sticking event posters, and more. Almost all the decorative items were home made by the children and adults. Snehadhara Foundation did likewise with sketches and artefacts painstakingly done by their children. Many hands made for quick work and it was all done in a couple of hours.

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Hi All,

I need guidance on whether we need slotted piping/casing for our borewell or not? What are pros and cons for this?

The pump was stuck and was fished out through steel cable after cutting the water supply pipe. The scanning report says that there are loose bolders in the first 200ft of 1100ft borewell which can cause problem in future so as a solution, we have put slotted pipes till the bottom.

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I have a ten acre plot in southwest of Bangalore with a borewell that yielded 2000gph till 2012, when it went dry. I dug a new borewell, after consulting a geologist,at a distance of 200', south of the existing one, last year. It yielded around 8000lit/hour till last week and now water comes in jerks and it seems it too may stop any any time. I have dug around 4 pig bits (20'X20'X10') at distances of about 100m from the borewells which catch rain water and retain them till Dec. only for the purpose of recharging the borewell ( assuming that I recharge my borewell).

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Declining groundwater levels and increasing maintenance costs are the norm for most people these days, but residents of Rainbow Drive are exceptions.

"Just having the people of Delhi look at their water meters everyday will enable the city to deal with its current water supply", said K.P Singh.

He should know.

Singh is a resident of Rainbow Drive, a bungalow community in Bangalore. Led by him, the society has revolutionised its water availability from chronic scarcity to self-sufficiency.

Borewells run dry

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ICIMOD wins accolade for its flood warning system

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has won UNFCCC's 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award for its work on community-based flood early warning system in the eastern Brahmaputra river basin in India. The project is being implemented in Assam's Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts and exemplifies the innovative use of information and communication technology in capacity building of communities to cope with the effects of flash floods.

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Kaikondarahalli kere went from being a polluted, sewage-filled cess pool into a flourishing, clean lake home to birds, fish and the local community too!

Priya Ramasubban personifies the words ‘good things come in small packages’. This sprightly, self motivated enthusiast, saw a marshy, polluted cess pool, hemmed in by an open tract of land, where labourers and migrants daily dipped in for their morning ablutions. Talking to people around, she realised that this soggy piece of wetland was once a lake. Kaikondarahalli Lake was part of a manmade chain of lake systems, built hundreds of years ago.

What better way to see how to resolve this stinky situation than to put her foot right into this foul water!

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Government identifies 11 states along Ganga for sewer link

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Hi,
We are a residential complex in Bangalore, India

We have 2 overhead tanks in 2 adjacent buildings to which water is pumped through a common underground reservoir. Presently we have 2 separate pipelines for both the tanks running in parallel till 75% distance and then the 2nd pipeline extends onward.s
The pumps have been in use for 15 Years and so I presume they would not be very energy efficient. 

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